Christmas display lights up Westlands | PHOTOS

Unique and creative interpretations of the traditional Christmas Tree are being showcased in the Westland Shopping Centre as part of the Anglican Church of Whyalla's Festival of Christmas Display.

The exhibition was open to entries from individuals young and old, schools, community groups, churches, and preschools.

Trees featuring everything from a Penguin Choir to recycled bottles were on show, with the best entry in each category being announced earlier this week:

  • Best School: Stuart Primary Campus
  • Best Preschool: Neta Kranz Kindergarten and Whyalla TAFE Child Care Centre (tied)
  • Best Group: Whyalla Dolphin and Junior Girl Guides
  • Best Church: Catholic Women's League
  • Best Child: Crystal, Leiyah and Zarley
  • Best Adult: Annette Hammond.

Display Coordinator Loris Scott said the church were very grateful for the support they had received from Westland Centre Management in organising the display.

"They have arranged for several of the stores here to donate towards our raffles and prizes, we're very grateful for that," she said.

"We had 28 submissions this year, and there was so much variety in them. I can't imagine where people get all the ideas from, I was very impressed by what they have come up with.

"It's a great community event, with schools, preschools, community groups and churches from around Whyalla submitting Christmas Trees."

Ms Scott said out of all the categories this year the preschools shined bright with their creative entries.

"Part of the joy for us is when parents come around with their children and they get to see what their child has helped create," she said.